Warm and gentle Portland doula service offering birth and postpartum care to first and fifth time moms in the Portland, Vancouver and Salem area.
Rachel is committed to helping women and their families attaining the best possible personalized birth experiences, recognizing that there is not “right” way to give birth; because every birth experience is unique and every birthing space is sacred. Her goals as a birth doula include helping new parents build their confidence, helping foster positive working relationships with healthcare professionals, and especially empowering the birthing person as they make their journey into parenthood. She is also a big proponent in using humor in her work, and getting that oxytocin going because birth is wild ride, and you’ve got to laugh at the little things sometimes to see the wider picture.
Rachel trained at a DONA International approved workshop in February of 2018. She also was a part of the Doula Love Mentorship program, and took her Postpartum Doula Training at Birthingway College. She regularly attends new Moms groups at Portland Doula Love, and also runs her own. After getting her Associate of Arts degree she took Collaborative Practice Doula training at OHSU. She also volunteers monthly with the Gateway Doula Group.
As a postpartum doula, Rachel loves helping to cradle a warm and inviting restful space for new mothers in the very important “fourth trimester”. She is there to help provide knowledge and build the confidence of new parents offering assistance with breastfeeding, babywearing, normal infant sleep, providing trusted referrals, and any other things new parents might need guidance in or assistance in doing. Her personal goal as a postpartum doula is to work herself out of the job, leaving the family so confident and self assured in their abilities, that they no longer need her. She has day and night availability, because she realizes that baby, and parent sleep are equally vital. Rachel follows the biodynamic model of care for postpartum work, in an effort to maximize positive postpartum outcomes for families while using evidence based information.
Rachel’s passions beyond birth include enjoying a night at home with her partner Kyle, brewing a strong cup of coffee, or being out for a solo hike in the Portland Metro area. Rachel is a lover of animals, and enjoys horseback riding, and playing with her pet rabbit Gizmo. Rachel also has an interest in flower essences, micro-housing solutions, aquaponics, and handwork.
Rachel has experience and background with:
Families conceiving with ART and IVF
Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
Plus size mothers
Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
Spanish Speaking Families
Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Women and Families of Color